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Removing Tough Steering Bolts

Johanna Smith - Thursday, July 23, 2015

How to Use a Heat Induction Tool to Remove Tricky Components

This article appeared in the July/August issue of Professional Motor Mechanic.

Removing Steering Bolts with the Mini-Ductor Induction Heating ToolRemoving rusted, corroded or locked steering bolts is often a lengthy, difficult and frustrating task, especially if you're using a ratchet wrench. It usually requires the application of penetrating fluid, or blasting the area with a torch. This can be very time-consuming, cause unwanted damage and potentially risk your safety.

Help is at hand, however, as the Mini-Ductor® II+ (MD-800P) handheld induction heating tool heats metal parts in seconds, allowing all types of adhesives bonded to metal, fasteners bonded with threadlock compound, and seized hardware to be removed and released much quicker and safer than by traditional naked flame heating.

Mechanics no longer need to run the risk of using a torch, which could damage the CV joint, rubber grommets, or the rotor.

Flexible Friend

The Mini-Ductor II+ coils come in different diameters to suit different nut sizes and the Bearing Buddy flexible, heat resistant coil is ideal for this application.

Step by Step

  1. Clean the area with a wire brush and remove dirt/grease
  2. Wrap the tool with the Bearing Buddy coil
  3. Attache the Mini-Ductor II+
  4. Heat the Bearing Buddy coil and remove once heated
  5. Select the correct tool for loosening the bolt
  6. The bolt should loosen easily, allowing simple removal

Watch the entire process for removing steering bolts in this video:

Contact us to learn more about the Mini-Ductor II+ and removing steering bolts


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Induction Heating Tools & Equipment Made in the USA

U.S. patents: 6670590 and 6563096 apply to all products; D707,804 and D728,086 apply to handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
European Patent Office (EPO): patent 002076372-0001 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 220V (MD-800) and Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
Australia patent: 343968 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters